2002) found that the absence of spiritual beliefs actually constituted a risk factor that hindered or delayed the grief resolution process for the participants that were studied.
Grief resolution is certainly a painful process for any individual; however, when practiced with competence, mindfulness, and respect, spiritually based counseling can not only facilitate the bereavement process toward accepting and coping with the loss, it can promote personal and spiritual growth in ways that no other form of therapy can.
Kubler-Ross developed stage theories of grief resolution
in which it was believed that loss could be resolved with a reorganization of life that centred on the "knowledge that there is permanent separation" (Florczak, 2008, p.
Successful grief resolution
, ie achieving emotional detachment from the deceased, is necessary if bereaved children are to be able to make healthy emotional attachments later in life.
As few as three stages (Powers & Singer, 1993) and as many as seven stages and accompanying emotions (Kubler-Ross, 1969; Schneider, 1984) have been described as belonging to this type of grief resolution.
Failure to adhere to these cultural mores may contribute to unresolved or complicated grief resolution (Schneider, 1984; Shipley, 1997).
Casey-Allen has created an icon workshop and grief resolution
program, developed a liturgical dance troupe and choir, and produced videos about violence prevention and abstinence.